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State says NO to birth certificates for adult adoptees.

Adoptees are tax paying citizens – not second class citizens.

Restore our right to our birth records.

We are not ashamed of being adopted. Sealed records makes us FEEL ashamed.

Bastards of the World, Unite! You have nothing to lose but your shame.

We the people, not we the property.

Equal Rights for Adult Adoptees.

Adoptees have rights. Adoptees have roots.

Are you adopted? Are you sure?!

Whose birth was it, anyway?

Whose life is it, anyway?

My records, my choice.

Always a child in the eyes of the state

Adult Adoptees = children forever.

My ID is a state secret.

My dog has his papers. I don’t.

End government sanctioned shame in adoption.

End state sponsored secrets and lies.

You don’t deserve less because you were adopted.

We don’t want your pity. Just give us back our dignity.

Birth certificates are only true If they’re really about YOU.

©2003. Bastard Nation: The Adoptee Rights Organization
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Bastard Nation’s Sample Resolution Against Vetoes and Other Restrictions

Bastard Nation’s Sample Resolution Against Vetoes and Other Restrictions

Any political organization seeking to enact true open records legislation should be very clear with both their constituents and the legislators they work with about what the essential provisions of the proposed bill are. Any modification or deletion of the essential provisions of a bill should be immediate cause to have the bill killed.

Any political organization seeking the assistance of Bastard Nation to pass open records legislation must hold unconditional access by adult adoptees to the original record of their birth as an essential provision that cannot be modified or deleted. Read our Mission Statement.

Bastard Nation will not assist any political organization to pass open records legislation unless their governing board or other leadership

... passes a written resolution such as the following that commits the board to a strategy of no compromise on key provisions
... informs its constituents of this commitment and this strategy
... informs the sponsoring legislators of this commitment and this strategy.

WHEREAS we recognize that disclosure and contact vetoes, redactions, mandatory intermediaries and registry provisions are an affront to the dignity of adopted persons everywhere and a violation of their right to due process and equal treatment under the law,

WHEREAS there has been a demonstrable negative effect on the ability to pass unconditional open records in states that have passed veto legislation and/or any provisions that are less than unconditional access on demand by the adult adoptee,

WHEREAS our primary goal is to restore the right of adult adoptees everywhere to be treated as full citizens under the law,

WE HEREBY DECLARE that under no circumstances will we accept the addition of veto, redaction, intermediary, or registry provisions, or any conditional provisions to our legislation that would be less than unconditional access for adult adoptees to the original record of their birth. All legislative sponsors and members of this organization will be informed of our policy on this matter to ensure that the bill is pulled promptly in the event of such revisions.